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Amye Bensenhaver: Illegal less-than-quorum meetings are the crabgrass of violations

What violation of the open meetings law is as common as crabgrass and just as pernicious? Ask the Glasgow Daily Times. On April 2, the newspaper reported that it would appeal the Glasgow Electric Plant Board’s denial of a complaint alleging that the board violated the open meetings law by engaging in a series of less than quorum nonpublic meetings to discuss board business but avoid the requirements...

Open records expert Bensenhaver says resignation from attorney general’s office was under duress

For 25 years, Amye Bensenhaver wrote most of the Kentucky attorney general’s opinions interpreting the state open-meetings and open-records laws. Those opinions are called decisions, because they have the force of law unless overturned by a court. This week she resigned, saying she was put “under considerable duress” by state Attorney General Andy Beshear and his lieutenants, “the...